Critical files– music, movies, photos, documents, email– need to be backed up elsewhere; preferably a complete clone of your Mac’s system, as well as moving files away from your Mac. How? If you could only have one Mac backup app, this is the one.
Sync. Backup. Boot.
We’ve long preached the need for a backup system for Mac users; one that includes Time Machine on an external storage device, another used for a bootable Mac system clone.
We even advocate the option of backing up critical files online or offsite to avoid a catastrophic loss.
Backup and file sync apps for the Mac are numerous, most are good, some are state of the art, but there’s only one we’d recommend if you could have only one backup app.
ChronoSync is not for the faint of heart. This is a professional level Mac sync, backup, and cloning app with an extensive list of features.
Fortunately, the learning curve doesn’t match the capability. ChronoSync can be up and running in minutes, backing up critical files online or to another Mac on the network.
As you can see, there’s a lot more going on in ChronoSync than many other Mac backup apps.
ChronoSync uses the standard and familiar Target-to-Target layout. Choose which volume or folders you want to sync, then choose where to sync them.
To ensure the integrity of your critical files, ChronoSync has an extensive array of options to protect files, including archiving files that would normally be deleted in a sync.
Once the targets (source and destination) are setup, one click can run a Trial Sync so you can see what ChronoSync will do before it does it.
Sync and backups can be saved as documents and set up to run on a particular schedule. ChronoSync can connect to an external storage device, another Mac or PC, a NAS (network attached storage), or pretty much anything that can connect to your Mac.
That includes devices on a local network, Wi-Fi network or the internet. ChronoSync syncs files from one folder to another, one Mac volume to another device, and it can create a bootable, completely cloned backup to an external disk.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that ChronoSync has far more functions and features than most of us need, but if I had to recommend a single Mac app that does very well all the different kinds of backups we need, this is it. ChronoSync is a power app, but a gentle learning curve for the basic settings to sync files and folders from a Mac to other devices.